Sat, Feb 11, 2012 - Page 12 News List

J.T. Wang promotes wireless broadband

Staff Writer, with CNA

Acer Inc (宏碁) chairman J.T. Wang (王振堂) urged the government yesterday to work to broaden access to wireless broadband as a way of enhancing people’s quality of life.

Taiwanese are becoming increasingly aware that they have the right to access wireless broadband services that offer adequate bandwidth at reasonable prices, Wang said in an address at the opening of this year’s Taipei Telecom Applications Show.

Under these circumstances, the government and telecommunications services need to drop their monopoly mindset and remove unreasonable controls on the industry, said Wang, who concurrently serves as president of the Taipei Computer Association (台北市電腦商業同業公會).

In response, Premier Sean Chen (陳冲) said he would convey Wang’s suggestion to President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).

Chen agreed that it is the government’s responsibility to create an environment in which people can access high-quality Internet services anytime, anywhere.

Also yesterday, Wang said he disapproved of the government’s policy to encourage businesses to set up cloud-based data centers in Taiwan.

Such data centers usually consume a lot of electricity, have high levels of carbon emissions and do not help promote the development of the cloud-computing industry, he said.

It is more important to develop cloud-based applications that meet people’s daily needs, Wang said.

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